U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced new supplemental federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to northeastern Pennsylvania health centers to meet the evolving COVID-19 needs in their respective communities.
- Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $67,712
- Scranton Primary Health Care Center Inc. – $60,128
- Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers – $72,380
These awards come from funding authorized by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074) which Cartwright helped enact earlier this month as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Funded health centers may use the awards to bolster their COVID-19 screening and testing, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the pandemic.
“Local health centers have been and will be critical players in our response to COVID-19,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee.“This initial funding package is providing much-needed support to health centers across the country as they work to keep Americans safe during this growing public health emergency, and more help is on the way. I commend our health centers and health care workers for their bravery and being on the front lines of this fight in our communities.”
In addition to H.R. 6074, Cartwright also helped enact the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), to help families stay healthy and make ends meet during the crisis. Today, the House will consider a third coronavirus relief package — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) — a sweeping $2 trillion package that invests billions in state local COVID-19 response efforts, bolsters unemployment benefits, and provides direct payments for Americans to provide them with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.